Thirteen Mount Carmel Academy students are semi-finalists in the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge (TYCIC)! They attended a press conference and orientation on December 11 (where they met Drew Brees) and will pitch their business plans to a panel of judges in the spring.

Friendly Cables Sara Saak, Lilli Orban, and Lily Alley
Straws for a Cause Corinne Brignac and Sam Falgoust
Dog-e-Door Tessa Nicosia and Kate Moise
SurfaceSwimmer Adeline Chappuis and Kaitlyn Freese
Scan2Start Jayne Ginart and Madison Melerine
MEDEX Emma Little and Colette Richard


The Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge is a program of Junior Achievement in partnership with the Brees Dream Foundation and The Idea Village. The competition teaches entrepreneurial thinking to students and fine tunes their business pitches before presenting the finalists at a culminating event during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.

Students begin the process by learning about the elements of a business plan. They next develop an idea that will make a difference in their community or answer a need in the marketplace. Their completed business plans are submitted for the first round of judging and semi-finalists are chosen.

The semi-finalists are mentored by local entrepreneurs and community leaders for eight weeks during the intensive Junior Achievement Accelerator Workshop Series. The workshops provide a platform to not only inspire students to anticipate and solve problems but also develop entrepreneurial and management skills. With the mentor's guidance, the teams improve their public speaking and presentation skills.

Students pitch their products in the final round. The winner receives a continuing education award and moves on to the state competition at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. The winner's school also receives an award to help fund student activities.



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